Welcome to Mr. Pratt's 8th Grade Literacy Class!
"Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last."
-Sherlock Holmes (in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Red Circle")
For access to class plans and resources, click on the following links based on your class period:
About 8th Grade Literacy:
This year we will be learning numerous interesting and exciting things in the areas of reading, writing, and speaking/listening. The following is a list of just a few of the texts, writing assignments, and activities we will be covering this year.
- The Contender
- The Wednesday Wars
- Flowers for Algernon
- The Diary of Anne Frank
- The Wave
- The Giver
- Nonfiction text (expository, historical, informational, persuasive)
- Short Fiction
- Research Simulation
- Literary Analysis
- Narrative Task
- Creative Writing
- Speech Writing
Speaking & Listening:
- Socratic Seminars
- Speech Delivery & Evaluation
- Poetry Recitation
- Project Presentations
- Film Analysis
...And much more!
Necessary Class Supplies:
For 8th Grade Literacy students will be required to have the following:
- a 3 subject notebook or a binder (with paper) divided into 3 sections
- a pen or pencil
All other supplies will be provided in class.
Periods 1-2: 8th Grade Literacy
Periods 4-5: 8th Grade Literacy
Periods 7-8: 8th Grade Literacy (with Mrs. Hesnan)
About Mr. Pratt
Degrees and Certifications:
Education: A.A. in Liberal Arts B.A in English Certification: NJ Standard Certificate: English 7-12 Experience: 8 years of full-time classroom teaching
A good classroom library offers students many choices about topics that are relatable to adolescent students' lives. Therefore, my classroom library has a diverse selection of books that your child may choose from. Some of these books may contain controversial or mature topics and parents' opinions vary widely on what is considered appropriate for middle school students. I do screen the books and make decisions regarding appropriateness for young adults. However, reading every book in my library is unrealistic, as new titles are always being added. I am therefore, requesting as a partner in your child's education, you will talk to your child about what he or she is reading. Please keep in mind that selecting from my classroom library is not a requirement; it is simply a resource.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.